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Crafting A Soundtrack: The Making of Mages of Mystralia’s OST

In early 2017, Louis-Félix Cauchon (president) and Antoine Vachon (composer and sound designer) went to Boston to record the soundtrack for the game Mages of Mystralia with Shota Nakama and the Video Game Orchestra at SoundtRec Boston studios. It was an incredible experience, a short documentary was made to follow the creative process and the work that went into making it. Shota Nakama and his orchestra, the Video Game Orchestra, are renowned for recording the orchestral parts of the soundtracks for Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts and Metal Gear Solid.

The adventure began thanks to Antoine who reached out: Falk Au Yeong, SoundtRec’s sound mixer, via a gaming forum (NeoGAF). The latter put Antoine in touch with Shota, who after hearing a few pieces of the soundtrack, immediately decided to get involved in the project.

Antoine Vachon : 
“The trip to Boston took a lot of time to prepare, but it was so worth it. I had so many experiences I’ll never forget. It was the first time I had the chance to work with a live orchestra to record some of my music! Shota and the orchestra did an amazing job to make my music more natural and more dynamic. It was a very memorable experience, both artistically and on the human side of things. Everybody worked really hard to make the best music possible to improve the player’s experience.“

We invite you to take a look at the documentary, a very good memory that we are happy to share with you:

Louis-Félix Cauchon :
“We decided to document the experience, so we hired a documentary filmmaker to do a  “making of” for the recording of Mages of Mystralia’s soundtrack. Seeing Antoine having so much fun was great, even if I didn’t understand what was happening most of the time! I’m not a musician or composer, so I had a very different perspective on the whole process.I got goosebumps when I heard the musicians play the music that Antoine has been working on for more than 2 years. I really was a privileged spectator! Finally, it’s important to acknowledge the generosity of Shota, who took us to some great restaurants. We spent an unforgettable weekend with the gang of Soundtrec and the Video Game Orchestra. We hope to repeat the experience for future projects!“

On May 18, 2017, the soundtrack of Mages of Mystralia was released at the same time of the game: Mages of Mystralia.

The album includes all 50 tracks from Mages of Mystralia, composed and arranged by Antoine Vachon, with over 20 tracks by orchestrator Shota Nakama and the Video Game Orchestra.

You can find the complete version on the web, and if you would like to support us, the album is available as a soundtrack on Steam:

>> Mages of Mystralia Soundtrack